spangle

noun
span·​gle | \ˈspaŋ-gəl \

Definition of spangle 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small plate of shining metal or plastic used for ornamentation especially on clothing

2 : a small glittering object or particle

spangle

verb
spangled; spangling\ˈspaŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of spangle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to set or sprinkle with or as if with spangles

intransitive verb

: to glitter as if covered with spangles : sparkle

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of spangle in a Sentence

Noun

showgirls dressed in costumes with gold spangles

Verb

in typical Las Vegas fashion, the showgirls' sequined costumes spangled gloriously

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Dressed in a dazzle of black spangles, Liza still oozes a star quality that can eclipse a sometimes hazy memory for lyrics and some fumbled lip-synching. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Goes Inside Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda and Sartoria Events in New York City," 9 Apr. 2018 Somewhere in the South Pacific, there are women dressed in sequins, spangles and rhinestones, Katz said, as the audience erupted with applause and delight. Lynne Terry, OregonLive.com, "Hundreds turn out to celebrate late mayor Vera Katz," 28 Jan. 2018 Equally head turning were the washes of holographic pigment on the lids at Stella Jean and the spangles of tiny sequins tapped onto the nude pouts at Shrimps. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 8 Top Beauty Trends From the Spring 2018 Fashion Shows," 11 Oct. 2017 The scrim of daytime sky gives way to a bright spangle of stars. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian, "A New Age of Discovery Is Happening Right Now in the Remote Forests of Suriname," 29 Mar. 2017 The eruption will signal the moment two stars locked in a cosmic dance have merged, exploding into a red nova that will briefly give Cygnus an extra stellar spangle. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "How to See a Star Explode in 2022," 6 Jan. 2017 The scrim of daytime sky gives way to a bright spangle of stars. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian, "A New Age of Discovery Is Happening Right Now in the Remote Forests of Suriname," 2 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The undersea scenes are full of bright reds and pinks spangled onto a banner of crystal blues and greens. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Watch: an extended look at Aquaman reveals a bright and bawdy undersea adventure," 5 Oct. 2018 Happy Friday, spangled kookaburras, and welcome back to another edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, September 14 Edition," 14 Sep. 2018 No matter what your work schedule or location within the 50 states is, these six trips can be quickly planned and easily customized for a day-of star-spangled celebration (no PTO necessary). Elizabeth Buxton, refinery29.com, "Stuck In A Mid-Week July Fourth Rut? We Have The Star-Spangled Plan," 22 June 2018 Ready your BBQs, break out your star spangled flip flops, and dust off your boogie boards, folks. refinery29.com, "Ring In The Fourth Of July With These Incredible Tech Sales," 2 July 2018 Sadie changed into a long black spangled gown for the evening's festivities, while the bride chose a golden backless Stella McCartney number. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "Why Pippa Middleton's Guests Have to Bring Two Outfits to Her Wedding," 19 May 2017 Lebanon's cheerleaders honored Pickett by pinning thin blue ribbons to their black, white and gold spangled cheer tops. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Community rocked by tragedy gets back on its feet with help from basketball team," 11 Mar. 2018 Translation: From a business standpoint, NFL players kneeling during the national anthem was a massive star-spangled blunder. Mike Bianchi, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Former Orlando City coach Adrian Heath's return likely to be filled with tears and cheers," 9 Mar. 2018 The landscape went from the midcentury’s world of largely custom confections (consider looks like Barbra Streisand’s spangled, see-through Arnold Scaasi pajamas of once-upon-a-time) to straight-off-the-runway numbers. Vogue, "21 Iconic Oscars Looks That Debuted on the Runway," 27 Feb. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'spangle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of spangle

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1548, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for spangle

Noun

Middle English spangel, diminutive of spang shiny ornament, probably from Middle Dutch spange; akin to Old English spang buckle, Middle Dutch spannen to stretch

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about spangle

Statistics for spangle

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for spangle

The first known use of spangle was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for spangle

spangle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spangle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small, shiny piece of metal or plastic that is used to decorate clothing

spangle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of spangle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to decorate or cover (something) with many small, shiny objects

spangle

noun
span·​gle | \ˈspaŋ-gəl \

Kids Definition of spangle

: sequin

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on spangle

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with spangle

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for spangle

Spanish Central: Translation of spangle

Nglish: Translation of spangle for Spanish Speakers

Comments on spangle

What made you want to look up spangle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a soft lustrous wool fabric with mohair

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!